I love smoothies and nice cream.
When I first started making the amazing banana ice cream substitute, I was frustrated because I couldn’t ever keep it from tasting like bananas. And I cannot stand the taste of bananas.
This is me when I eat bananas:
Yup, I made that in good ol’ “Paint.” And I’m pretty proud of it. I don’t know how any children made their art coherent in Paint, because that thing is impossible.
But you get the point. Bananas = no good for me.
So I had to get creative and add extracts and fruits and cocoa powders and nut butters to overpower that banana taste. I keep seeing delicious banana nice cream flavors that fellow vegans post on Instagram, and an ingredient frequently mentioned is “vanilla extract,” which I had always discounted a bit. Naked vanilla extract is so potent that I feared it might overpower the smoothie a bit to much, but I am here to report that it is perfect. I finally tried a smoothie with vanilla this morning and it was absolutely spectacular. I felt like I had finally jumped a hurtle into loving smoothies that I wasn’t able to jump until that point. I almost had to call Mitch to tell him that I had discovered heaven in the form of a smoothie. But he was already at work. And my phone was dead. But the delicious smoothie helped me to beam despite all of that.
I will post the recipe here for both the nice cream and the smoothie versions of this delicious breakfast/dessert. They are both yummy, but I usually prefer smoothies because I can more easily take them to go in the mornings before work. Let me know what you think of them if you blend them up!
- 2 bananas, frozen and sliced
- 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/4 cup almond milk (3/4 cup for smoothies)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Freeze bananas and raspberries if needed.
- Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until reaching the desired consistency.
- Scoop up or drink up!